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Brooklands scoreboard restored

Published 15 August 2017

An exact replica of the 12-metre scoreboard that stood in the pre-war Brooklands Paddock has been unveiled. The original scoreboard was demolished after the Second World War, so the design and mechanism of the new one has been created via painstaking research.

The restoration team went through of hundreds of photographs and hours of period racing film to create the replica. Funded by the Brooklands Trust Members and Aston Martin, the scoreboard forms the centrepiece of the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project.

Brooklands, near Weybridge in Surrey, was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, opening on 17 June, 1907. It served as a great sporting arena and a high-speed test track for the fledgling British motor industry.

The circuit hosted the first British Grand Prix in 1926 and became one of the most popular social destinations for high society in 1920s and 1930s Britain. The last race was held in August 1939 before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Now a major aviation and motoring museum, the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project is seeking to restore many parts of Brooklands to its heyday.

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